North Berwick Water District
The North Berwick Water District gives notice to the public that on March 10, 2021, 6:00 p.m. a virtual public hearing will be held to discuss and hear comments on a proposed water rate increase. To gain access to the public hearing, you may either join by phone or via an online Zoom Meeting:
By Phone: (929)-436-2866 Zoom Meeting ID: 986 9947 6078
Zoom meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/98699476078?pwd=b2UvUGlPcXp4aVcxMGcwRXZoVkRKQT09
Please click here to go directly to the Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting Passcode: Please contact the District for the passcode to get into the meeting (either by telephone (207)676-3707or by emailing email@example.com by March 10, 2021 at 4:30 pm
July 1, 2021 July 1, 2022
Revenue Increase Revenue Increase
Residential 5.25% $10,245 9.60% $19,705
Commercial 5.21% $ 1,772 9.60% $ 3,436
Industrial 5.19% $ 3,561 9.52% $ 6,876
Governmental 5.20% $ 820 9.60% $ 1,591
Other Revenues 29.43% 12,782 23.38% $13,142
Private Fire Protection 5.28% 1,053 9.59% $ 2,012
Public Fire Protection 38.09% $48,141 11.45% $19,981
Overall Increase 15.57% $78,374 11.48% $66,743
In 2021, a minimum water bill (currently $48.75) will increase by $2.56 = $51.31 per quarter
In 2022, a minimum water bill will increase again by $4.93 = $56.24 per quarter
Public Fire protection rates are determined pursuant to Chapter 69 of the Public Utilities Commission Rules.
Since the last adjustment in 2016, the District has been incurring increases in operating and maintenance costs and will be financing the replacement of water main. The District is proposing rate increases in two steps, effective on July 1, 2021 and July 1, 2022.
Pursuant to 35-A MRSA Section (6104), a customer has the right to request additional information relating to the present and proposed rates from the District, the right to an open and fair hearing, and the right to assistance from the Public Advocate. Customers also have the right under 35-A MRSA Section (6104) to petition the Maine Public Utilities Commission to suspend and investigate the District’s rates pursuant to 35-A MRSA Section 310, if, on or before April 9, 2021, 15% of District’s customers or 1000 customers, whichever is less, file with the North Berwick Water District’s Superintendent, Michael Gaudette, and with the Public Utilities Commission, c/o Administrative Director, State House Station #18, Augusta, ME 04333-0018, a petition or petitions demanding review by the PUC of the proposed rate changes. Signatures on the petitions filed pursuant to Section 7 are invalid unless accompanied by the printed names and addresses of the signers. Upon request the District will provide customers with petition forms that include space for the signatures and the printed names and addresses of the signers.
A copy of material supporting the proposed rate changes will be available at the North Berwick Water District for inspection on and after February 5, 2021. If you have any questions or desire additional information, you may call Michael Gaudette, District Superintendent, at (207)-676-3707, or the Administrative Director of the PUC at (207)-287-3831. For additional assistance, contact the Public Advocate, State House Station #112, Augusta, ME 04333-0112, (207)-287-2445.
Board of Trustees
PUC Docket # 2021-00029 North Berwick Water District